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Presidential polls are showing a neck-and-neck race for the White House with just two weeks until Election Day 2012. The latest Rasmussen Reports poll has revealed that the race for the all important swing state of Ohio is now tied between President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney.
Ohio holds 18 Electoral College votes, and with the race being so tight between the candidates those 18 votes could swing the entire election to one candidate or the other.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Ohio, taken the night after the third and final presidential debate has shown that Obama and Romney are tied at 48 percent each.
The poll also showed that two percent planned on voting for another candidate, leaving just three percent undecided likely voters.
That Rasmussen Reports poll surveyed 750 likely voters in the state of Ohio and was conducted on Oct. 23, 2012. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
Meanwhile in the latest Rasmussen Reports swing state tracking update released Wednesday Oct. 24 a combined view of 11 key states can be seen. Overall those 11 key states hold the key to the election and represent 146 Electoral College votes including Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The report shows that in those 11 key swing states, Mitt Romney holds 50 percent of the vote compared to Obama's 46 percent - giving the Republican candidate a four percentage point advantage.
Again two percent were likely to vote for a third candidate, where as another two percent were still undecided.
Romney has hit the 50 percent mark in that combined swing states poll four times in five days, according to Rasmussen Reports
Rasmussen Reports states: "The survey is conducted on a rolling seven-day basis, and most of the interviews for today's update were completed before the end of Monday night's presidential debate. Romney has now held a modest lead for 13 of the last 16 days; Obama was ahead twice, and the candidates ran even once."